By Scott Gilfoid: Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) say he feels younger now that he’s no longer a world champion, and he’s looking forward to challenging IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) in their rematch on July 9 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Wladimir, 40, plans on knocking Fury out and recapturing those belts that are now in the slightly pudgy looking British fighters’ possession. Wladimir feels he has less pressure on him now that he’s no longer defending his titles. He likes being on the other side of the fence as the challenger for a change after holding down world titles for nine straight years until his loss to Fury last November. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Newly crowned WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) says he would be willing to move up to heavyweight to face David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) at the full weight for the division without a catch-weight if he’s game. Haye might just take Bellew up on his offer because he already snapped off an Instagram post on Monday, saying he would be willing to give him a thrashing after he gets done with his next fight against former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. Bellew won the vacant WBC cruiserweight title last Sunday night in stopping Ilunga Makabu in the 3rd round at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, UK.
That fight is likely to take place in September. As such, we could be seeing a clash between Bellew and Haye before the end of 2016. It works out well for both fighters if the fight takes place at heavyweight. Read the rest of this entry »
Ryabinsky press statement: The new doping test of the Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin, taken May 17, 2016, showed no traces of Meldonium. This was reported today by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) with reference to the results of analyses conducted by the laboratory in Los Angeles. The sample taken a week earlier also lacked traces of Meldonium. Thus, only one of Povetkin’s six samples revealed extremely low concentrations of the prohibited drug. Read the rest of this entry »
Jeff Aranow: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says he wants his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions to continue working on negotiations for a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Canelo hasn’t officially ducked the hard hitting Kazakhstan fighter yet, but there’s a very good chance we could see that in the near future.
Canelo giving up his WBC middleweight title this month was the first hint that he might choose to avoid facing Triple G. The other hints were Canelo saying he’s still a 154lb fighter and that he won’t fight a middleweight at the full weight of 160lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: Many boxing fans are hoping that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) doesn’t wind up facing MMA fighter Conor McGregor (0-0) this year or ever in a boxing match due to the fight potentially hurting the sport because of it being such a gross mismatch.
Mayweather’s Tweet today in posting a fight-poster of himself and McGregor posing in the type of poster you see when a fight is taking place, it suggests that the two of them will be facing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says his fighter Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) would be open to traveling to the United States to face former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner in order to get the fight.
Hearn is very interested in making that fight happen. Hearn says Broner’s management sent a congratulations message to him and Burns, and he sees this as a sign that they’ll be looking to contact them in the near future to start negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) has less than a month before he faces Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) on June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The two fighters sparred together three years ago, and Thurman supposed spent much of the time running from Porter to keep from getting hit.
Thurman, 27, has a different perception of what took place during the sparring sessions, which he says took place over a three to four week period. Thurman says he wasn’t running from Porter, he was “dodging” him and making him hit air. It’s understandable why some people might interpret dodging as a form of running because what it means is that Thurman wasn’t staying in the pocket against Porter. He was moving to keep from getting hit. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Orlando Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs) will be challenging WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) this Saturday night on HBO Championship Boxing from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. This will be the 31-year-old Vargas’ first defense of his WBC title.
Vargas won the WBC belt with an exciting 9th round knockout win over WBC champion Takashi Miura last November in a grueling fight. Vargas was knocked down in the 4th round of the fight and looked to be on his way to losing the bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Newly crowned WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KOs) and former two division world champion David Haye have been exchanging words since Bellew won the WBC title last Sunday night in beating Ilunga Makabu (19-2, 18 KOs) by a 3rd round knockout at Goodison Park in Liverpool, UK. Bellew vs. Haye can’t take place for Bellew’s WBC belt because he’s due for his mandatory next.
Bellew says he’s ready to fight Haye. However, for that fight to take place, it would mean that Bellew will almost surely need to move up to heavyweight to make it possible. Haye says he wants to face Bellew after he gets done with his fight against 44-year-old Shannon Briggs in the summer.
Haye should win that fight without any problems. The real issue is whether Bellew will be willing to move up to heavyweight to take the fight with Haye because there is no way earth that Haye is going to be able to trim off all the muscles he’s put on in order to face Bellew at cruiserweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Super Man” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) announced today that he’ll be defending his WBC title next on July 16 against #9 WBC Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) in Quebec, Canada. This choice of opponent probably won’t please boxing fans because they’ve been waiting for Stevenson to start facing the really talented light heavyweights like Sergey Kovalev, Andre Ward, Artur Beterbiev and Eleider Alvarez.
The fans want to see Stevenson face one or all of those fighters, but instead they’ve seen him take a lot of safe fights against guys that arguably don’t belong in the same ring with him like his last opponent Tommy Karpency. Williams, 28, is a slight upgrade over Karpency but not by much. Read the rest of this entry »